Look i don't want to sound like a Trump supporter because im not, but a travel ban is not something new. Many countries implement travel bans for troubled regions, hell even Obama has implemented travel bans to these exact countries multiple times. Im not particularly in favor of a travel ban but its not right to act like hes Hitler 2.0 for doing something that's common practice across the world.
Correct me if I’m wrong, but I think currently I’ve only reblogged stories that surround the situation. I’ve not actually reblogged or posted anything that said “Trumpet’s executive order is totally completely new and incredibly different and 400% badder.” Because no one is stating this.
You are right about a few things!
Firstly, travel slowdowns or re-view of travel regulations and visa regulations is not exactly new. Many past administrations have done this. This isn’t what’s new.
For example, Obama has implemented travel regulations. In 2011 the State Department’s issuance of SIVs to Iraqi applicants slowed after two individuals in Kentucky were identified as having possibly been improperly screened; multiple national news outlets reported on the State Department visa processing slowdown while it was occurring and in subsequent years. In 2011, yes, the Visa Waiver Program was suspended in several regions. Iraqi refugees were also not accepted for a 6 month period. What does this mean? Getting into America was more difficult for people of those regions.
I’m not sure if you’ve caught on, but I’m not one of the people clinging to Obama’s ankles screaming ‘don’t go’! He had many issues, many things I blatantly disagree with. I was not posting so much political shit about it before, true, but it doesn’t mean I have to withhold my opinion now.
Now, let’s talk about Trump’s order in January.
“Section 1. Purpose. …Numerous foreign-born individuals have been convicted or implicated in terrorism-related crimes since September 11, 2001, including foreign nationals who entered the United States after receiving visitor, student, or employment visas, or who entered through the United States refugee resettlement program. Deteriorating conditions in certain countries due to war, strife, disaster, and civil unrest increase the likelihood that terrorists will use any means possible to enter the United States. The United States must be vigilant during the visa-issuance process to ensure that those approved for admission do not intend to harm Americans and that they have no ties to terrorism.”
Here’s something I want to compare it to - what does the ratio of terroristic acts actually look like when compared to immigrants issues visas and what TYPES of visas they are?
The greatest amount of terroristic acts committed by visa-holders were done by Fiance Visa holders. Trumptet doesn’t mention it at once.
Another interesting thing? The largest terrorist group in America are actually lawful, permanent residents.
If focusing on terroristic attacks, why not target the group which has been, historically, the most prone to them? (Keep in mind, LPRs aren’t separated into religious or racial groups here. )
However, none of the 7 countries listed under the ban have actually carried out terroristic acts in America between the years of 1975 and 2015. (source) Are they areas of unrest? Unquestionably.
That’s WHY people are fleeing those places.
“Beginning in January 2016, travelers from Iran, Iraq, Sudan and Syria were blocked from entering the United States under the Visa Waiver Program, which allows foreign citizens to travel to the United States for up to 90 days without obtaining a visa…” (source)
Why? Previously, the VWP has not been proven to be a potential threat-carrying program. Well, fine, let’s overlook that.
“Libya, Somalia and Yemen were added soon after due to “the growing threat from foreign terrorist fighters.“ (source)
Why? None of those countries have previously registered as a threat.
The countries which HAVE been? They’re not on Trumpet’s list. Why? Presumably because he still has business ties with them.
‘Drain the swamp’ my ass. He’s not doing this to protect America. It’s racially motivated, and probably not even planned by him - he’s a puppet for the alligators he has dumped into the rich, shit-filled fertilized bog.
Despite the restrictions under Obama’s policy, people were still able to apply for a visa using the regular immigration process, a right not afforded by Trump’s executive order, which bans travel from the countries for 90 days, among other restrictions. Neither President Obama nor the State Department banned or stopped those applications entirely; the slowdown affected a single type of visa from a single country (and not all entry from several countries); the slowdown occurred in order to implement enhanced screening procedures, which remained in place in January 2017. (source)
The order bars all people hailing from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen. Those countries were named in a 2016 law concerning immigration visas as "countries of concern.” The executive order also bans entry of those fleeing from war-torn Syria indefinitely.
Obama has NOT been the greatest person in terms of accepting refugees. I’m not saying he was. That doesn’t give reason to not complain about NEW shit.
People who have worked YEARS to jump through the Syrian refugee program hoops (a program which is TIGHTLY regulated, if you think they can just buy a ticket and hop on a plane you’re wildly misinformed) were forced to turn back AFTER arrival, or stopped at the border. They were scared by security into thinking this was the end. They weren’t offered any options. In many cases, they were separated from children. Among them were people suffering from diabetes, elderly, etc.
Slowing down visa processing? Fine. Passing an executive order to TRASH the years of hard work of refugees WHILE they were in the air? I have issues with that.